Loveling (Benzinho)

2018

Loveling (Benzinho) (2018)

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Irene, 38 years old, is married to Klaus, 45. They live in Petrópolis, a small city in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, and have four children. Fernando (16); Rodrigo (10), and the twins (5). The couple has been struggling for years to finish building their new house. Irene works as an independent seller while finishing her studies to get her high-school diploma. Klaus runs a small copy shop where he also sells books. Fernando, their eldest son, plays handball. After being the highlight of the season, the boy is invited to join a professional team in Germany and will leave his parents house much sooner than expected. Among the everyday issues of their family's life, Irene will have to deal with the early separation from Fernando and adapt to a new life without him.

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Critic Reviews for Loveling (Benzinho)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Loveling paints the picture of an unruly, idiosyncratic collective with tender devotion.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Without pandering to audience sympathy, [Teles] creates an exceptionally sympathetic focal point for a story that embraces the messy tenderness of life as it's lived.

Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…

A warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar ...

Jan 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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"Great Brazilian melodrama. One of the best movies of the year."

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film explores family roles, especially in relation to the mother figure and the erroneous social perception that the primary task of women is to take charge of household chores. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The second film by Gustavo Pizzi and starring Karine Teles is a genuine work with a credible and empathetic interaction among all the members of its cast. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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